Berlinale: Programme

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A young engineer has a managing position at a factory in Bamako. He skilfully solves urgent problems and his new methods meet with the approval of the work force. But his efforts to have the workers involved in decision-making processes incur the disfavor of the owner of the company, who has him murdered without further ado. With the engineer Balla Traoré Souleymane Cissé created a symbolic figure for an entire generation of critical intellectuals who showed a great deal of commitment in trying to establish a fair society in post-colonial Africa.

Mali 1978, 90 min


Souleymane Cissé


Balla Mussa Keita
Baba Niaré
Bubakar Keita
Umu Diarra
Umu Koné
Ismaila Sarr